Having children is an amazing gift that begins for most moms with a nine-month journey. This journey to parenthood includes pregnancy care, which focuses on the ultimate goal of delivering a healthy baby. Steve Yu, MD, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in Gaithersburg, Maryland, delivers top-notch pregnancy care to women in Montgomery County, Maryland, and the surrounding Northern Virginia area. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, schedule an appointment with Dr. Yu online or call the office.
Prenatal care is the medical care you and your unborn baby receive leading up to the birth. The ultimate goal of prenatal care is to deliver a healthy baby while also securing the best overall health of the mother.
During your pregnancy, you will schedule frequent checkups. Dr. Yu does physical examinations, checks your weight and runs a urine test. As your pregnancy progresses, he’ll perform other tests to gather information to monitor both your baby’s health and yours.
Common prenatal tests and activities include:
If you are older or if Dr. Yu determines your pregnancy to be high risk, he may perform additional tests to monitor your health and the health of your baby.
There are two basic types of delivery methods: vaginal delivery and cesarean delivery, or C-section.
The majority of births in the United States are vaginal deliveries. With this method, you can opt to deliver your baby naturally, without anesthesia, or with the aid of a pain reliever such as an injection of corticosteroids and a local anesthetic, known as an epidural.
A C-section is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made to lift the baby out of the womb. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 31.9 percent of all births in the United States are C-sections. In most cases, Dr. Yu performs a C-section if he believes that a vaginal delivery would be risky for the baby or the mother.
Dr. Yu may recommend a C-section if you are delivering more than one baby, since your uterus is overstretched, making it difficult to contract during labor.
Postpartum care is the health care that happens in the several weeks after your baby is born. Dr. Yu recommends coming in for a checkup within six weeks after having your baby to monitor your health, both physically and mentally. He wants to make sure you are beginning to feel like your old self again and that your body is recovering normally.
Dr. Yu has been providing superior pregnancy care to families throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area for nearly three decades. Schedule an appointment with him at his Gaithersburg, Maryland, office. Call today or book online.